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Difference between AIX and Genode
  • Last Updated : 25 Jul, 2020

1. AIX :
AIX is a series of proprietary operating systems which is provided by IBM. AIX stands for Advanced Interactive eXecutive. Initially it was designed for the IBM RT PC RISC workstation and later it was used for various hardware platforms like IBM RS/6000 series, PowerPC-based systems, System-370 mainframes, PS-2 personal computers and Apple Network Server. It is one of the five commercial operating systems that have versions certified to UNIX 03 standard of The Open Group. The first version of AIX was launched in 1986. The latest stable version of AIX is 7.2.

2. Genode :
Genode is a free and open-source operating system which is provided by Genode Labs. It consists of a microkernel abstraction layer and a collection of user space components. It can be used as a basis for a personal computer operating systems or as a virtual machine monitor for guest operating systems. It is mainly designed for desktops, embedded systems and servers. The first version of Genode was launched in 2008. The latest stable version of Genode is 19.05.

Difference between AIX and Genode :

1. It was developed and is owned by IBM. It was developed by Genode Labs.
2. It was launched in 1986. It was launched in 2008.
3. Current stable version is 7.2. Current stable version is 19.05.
4. Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules. Its kernel type is Microkernel or Monolithic kernel.
5. Its target system type is Server, NAS and workstation. Computer architectures supported by Genode are ARM, RISC-V, IA-32 and x86-64.
6. Computer architectures supported by AIX are POWER, PowerPC-AS, PowerPC and Power ISA. Computer architectures supported by AmigaOS 4 is PowerPC.
7. File systems supported by AIX are JFS, JFS2, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS, SMBFS and GPFS. File systems supported by Genode are ext2, ext3, FAT32 and ISO9660.
8. It has preferred license Proprietary. It has preferred license of AGPL.
9. Its update management is Service Update Management Assistant (SUMA). It does not have update management.
10. The non-native APIs are not supported by its subsystems. The non-native APIs supported through its subsystems are POSIX, Qt, SDL and MirageOS.
11. Its native APIs are SysV/POSIX. Its native APIs are Genode.

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